2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra Score Big in Federal Crash Tests


  • 2014 Chevrolet Silverado Picture

    2014 Chevrolet Silverado Picture

    The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra received the top five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. | August 21, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • The redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra go to the head of the class in tough new federal crash tests.
  • The 2014 Silverado and Sierra pickups earned five-star overall safety ratings from federal safety regulators, trumping the 2013 Ford F-150, Ram 1500 and Toyota Tundra.
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration only tested crew-cab models of the Silverado and Sierra.

WASHINGTON — The redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra go to the head of the class in tough new federal crash tests.

The 2014 Silverado and Sierra earned five-star overall safety ratings from federal safety regulators, trumping the 2013 Ford F-150, Ram 1500 and Toyota Tundra.

The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and High Country and the GMC Sierra and Sierra Denali 1500 are the first pickup trucks to receive the top five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration only tested crew-cab models of the Silverado and Sierra. General Motors said the crew-cab models will account for 60 percent of their 2014 light-duty full-size pickup truck sales.

"Safety is as important to truck buyers as it is to car buyers," said Gay Kent, GM general director of vehicle safety and crashworthiness in a statement. "Silverado and Sierra set a benchmark for pickup truck safety by offering a full array of advanced features designed to protect occupants before, during and after a collision."

GM said the trucks feature fully boxed frames, extensive use of high-strength steel and several optional safety features, including forward collision alert, lane departure warning and safety alert seat.

The safety alert seat warns the driver of an impending collision through directional vibrations in the seat cushion.

Forward collision alert audibly alerts the driver when the truck is closing in on a vehicle ahead too quickly.

The trucks also offer trailer-sway control. This feature senses when the trailer is swaying and intervenes with braking and/or reduced engine power.

Edmunds says: This is a major way to help consumers differentiate the GM trucks from the competition. Kudos to GM for a significant achievement.

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